I pinched a nerve or pulled a muscle right behind my left shoulder Friday. You know the kind where you move like a robot and to turn your head you have to turn your whole body? It's been hard to find a comfortable position to sleep and then to add insult to injury I pulled a muscle in the right side of my back twisting to bend underneath to paint something. That's the thing about these things you can be reaching for something and tweak a muscle or pull something. And it sucks! I think I need to do some serious stretching exercises! But it will be fine!
Anyway it made weekend movements slow BUT I didn't let it stop me from working with BohoMan on our project (remember the bits of old wood pieces we bought at the salvage yard?). I got a little crabby at times because frankly I think sometimes he has selective hearing. This project is something I dreamt up and he is the builder so I know how I want things to be. I know that sounds a bit snooty patootie but you know how it is when you have a vision. So there was a lot of huffing and puffing coming from both of us as something had to be changed or resized or reworked a zillion times (sometimes needlessly). Luckily we can laugh it all off but we both acknowledged we were driving each other crazy! It's definitely not done yet so I am only showing you strange snippets but not telling you what it is. Perhaps you'll guess but I won't be confirming anything until the entire thing is done, ready and looks like my vision. I've already started my part and there's more to go. Regardless of the bickering I think it's going to be something we'll both be proud we did together.
Snippet #1 - hmmm what is that?
Snippet #2 - hmmm, is that hyroglyphics?
Snippet #3 - hmmm, is that a table?
Snippet #4 - hmmm, what could this be?
Snippet #5 - hmmm, is that a barber pole?
Ok, that's it. Any ideas what it could be? Like I said I won't confirm or deny......you'll see the entire thing later this week and know if you're right or wrong.
I've also been working on a painting for days. Here's a snippet of THAT project as well.........still not finished due to that shoulder thing.
I also watched a couple of movies you may like........the first one is called "How About You" and it's an absolute spirit lifter. Click the link for info and watch the trailer (I got it on Netflix). The second film was on HBO (I think) and was intended for kids BUT I can tell you this "kid" thoroughly enjoyed it........Kit Kittredge:An American Girl. (Kit Kittredge comes from a doll that iis part of the American Girl line of dolls and I am so pleased children who love these dolls learn from them as well) The story is set during the Great Depression as seen from a 10 year old girls eyes and how it's affecting her friends and then their own lives. It's utterly beguiling and charming and funny and sometimes sad. After the movie they showed a little "special" where young children aged around 6-10 talked about what they know of the Great Depression, it was fascinating to say the least. Then some children were paired with some senior citizens who had lived through that time to interview them. One wee girl was 6 and she interviewed a 102 year old man, the exchange was beautiful. All I kept thinking was that this is what schools should do. Allow children to gleen knowledge from those who lived some of the history they are learning about. Don't think you're ever too old to watch this film.......
It got me to wondering in this day and age of portable devices/electronics/TV what some kids would do if they only had their imaginations to create their fun?
(image from net)
I know that makes me sound like an fuddy duddy but you know it's true. Kids now don't HAVE to think for themselves to be entertained anymore. I remember my Mom telling me she had one doll, nothing moved on it. She didn't have toys or bikes but she made her own fun with what they had. She was the youngest of 10 and with the use of bits and bobs they could make and pretend all sorts of things.
Heck even when I was a kid I had toys but I didn't have a room full of all the latest and greatest things. I made entire Barbie apartments from everything I could get my hands on.... and it was great! Remember making forts from card tables and blankets? Playing school in the backyard and getting to be the teacher? Forming secret clubs? Climbing trees?
image from Apple Day Camp in NY
I wonder how many kids still go to summer camp or day camp anymore? I don't really know as I've had no reason to research them. We had one here called Adventure Day Camp when I was a kid.....you met each morning at the local elementary school to be taken to camp. We dyed scarves for our group color, we wove things called "sit upons" to sit on by the campfire. We learned to make crafts, hike, sang songs and did skits, looked for frogs in the creek. At the end of the camps run the parents came for a huge campfire dinner and we'd perform our skits and show off our crafts for them. I LOVED it!!!! We were taught useful things and fun things and made friends. I also went to a day camp where for one or two summers my Mom was a group leader....she was called Mama Thumper. (each leader had a name like that). My Mom loved it too and she was good at it and she encouraged imagination! And one camp I went to was for 10 days and you slept in cabins. Wonderful memories!
Remember the songs like...........
John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt,
His name is my name too.
Whenever we go out,
The people always shout,
There goes John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt.
Dah dah dah dah, dah dah dah
Or how about: "Bill Grogan's Goat"......"Oh I Wish I Was a Little Bar of Soap"....."Do Your Ears Hang Low?"
No, I'm not 105 years old..............I am merely remembering what it was like to be a child who could easily count on her imagatination creating things, singing silly songs, twirling until she fell down, making wishes on dandelion "wish flowers", climbing trees, turning big cardboard boxes into a castle, having tea parties with her dolls, putting playing cards in the bike wheel so it flapped, flapped, flapped.lot of fun It's just that I fear children are losing their true imaginations.......I worry they're losing that inate ability to pretend and find fun from within. Not plugged in.
OK, after all this typing my shoulder is stiffening and it's taking forever......Boy I got off on a Free Thinking tangent here didn't I?
I WANTED TO ADD: my writings (free thinking) are not meant to be a generalized statement about anything I talk about.......it's just some thoughts that crop up during certain situations, observations, things I've read etc. I am not an authority nor is it based on any in-depth research and I am not saying what I say is indisputable. I welcome comments that agree OR disagree because we as humans are all entitled to our opinions! I love that about us, don't you? :)
I hope you're having a wonderful start to your week!